No state funeral for Prince Philip

No state funeral for Prince Philip

No state funeral for Prince Philip

In line with his wishes, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, will not have a state funeral, according to reports.

Instead, the College of Arms has said that Prince Philip will lie at rest in Windsor Castle before a royal ceremonial funeral at St George’s Chapel.

According to one Royal Aide, Prince Philip “didn’t see himself as important enough” for a state funeral.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the public have also been asked not to attend any memorial events.

The death notice placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace has now been removed to avoid drawing a crowd, but flags will continue to fly at half-mast on government buildings from now until 08:00 BST on the day after the funeral.

The statement, which was headed with the royal crest, read:

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

“Friday, April 9 2021.”

The Queen is said to be considering ‘modified’ funeral arrangements – it is expected that plans will be confirmed by Buckingham Palace in the coming days.

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